The Green Biker: Ann Arbor, MI
Just south of Detroit, Ann Arbor, puts its tax dollars towards non-motorized transportation. Five percent of state gasoline and weight tax revenues are used toward projects which increases bicycle and pedestrian thruways like on-road bike lanes. The city’s getDowntown program which sponsors a “Curb Your Car Month,” promotes greener commuting. The city also hosts an annual EcoRide every summer that benefits the Ann Arbor Ecology Center and the city's push for a sustainable future. Plus, Ann Arbor’s mayor John Hieftje, pictured right, sets a good example, riding to his downtown office almost every day since he took office in 2000.
Bikeable Miles: 36.2 miles in the city of Ann Arbor, 60 miles in the greater Washtenaw County area
Recommended Route: The popular Border-to-Border Trail Connects Washtenaw County (Ann Arbor) to Wayne County (Detroit area). The trail follows the Huron River, cuts around the Eastern Michigan University campus ands runs through North Hydro Park, a local fishing spot along Ford Lake.